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Bureaucrats Implementing Obamacare Won't Be Furloughed During Government Shutdown

4:43 PM, Apr 8, 2011 • By MICHAEL WARREN
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While the possible government shutdown means most federal employees, from the National Park Service workers to those handling your tax returns at the IRS, won't be coming into work, some bureaucrats at the Department of Health and Human Services (HHS) are going to keep punching the clock. At the department's website, HHS has posted its shutdown contingency plan for its employees. Here's the relevant part for the department's Center for Consumer Information and Insurance Oversight:

Operations of the Center for Consumer Information and Insurance Oversight could continue as funding was provided through the Affordable Care Act.  This includes insurance rate reviews, assessment of a portion of insurance premiums that are used on medical services, establishment of exchanges, operation of the pre-existing condition insurance program and the early retiree reinsurance program.

Because Obamacare legislation created a mandatory $1 billion rainy day fund, HHS can draw on those funds regardless of whether there's a budget for discretionary spending. This means bureaucrats in Washington will still be "reviewing" and "assessing" insurance premiums (and writing and issuing new regulations thereof) after all the government's non-essential employees have gone home.

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